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Cyberlink's PowerDirector app lets you edit movies on your Windows 8 slate (hands-on)

Cyberlink's PowerDirector app lets you edit movies on your Windows 8 slate (hands-on)
Michael Gorman
Michael Gorman|@Numeson|August 23, 2012 10:04 PM

We're still a ways away from the official debut of Windows 8 hardware, but given its impending release, there's plenty of software being cooked up for the new OS with a split personality. Cyberlink, best known for its ubiquitous PowerDVD software, is among those preparing for Win8's tablet assault with some touch-optimized video editing software. Called PowerDirector, it'll be available on Windows 8 launch day and will retail for around 10 to 15 bucks as a standalone app in the Windows Store -- should you spring for the full version of PowerDirector, the finger-friendly version's free. We got to see the new app in action, so join us after the break for a demo video and some impressions.

PowerDirector gives Windows filmmakers the ability to import multiple types of video (including mpeg 2, h.264, and mkv files) and trim thos clips using taps, pinches and swipes, like its counterpart for iOS. It also outputs finished work in up to 1080p resolution. PowerDirector provides several Magicstyle templates ("themes" in Apple parlance) to fancify your vids, and you can mix in music from your personal tunes collection as well. Once you've got your movie ready to go, the app allows you to share it on Facebook or YouTube with just a few taps or save the file locally. It also can export the project to your desktop for further fine tuning using the full PowerDirector software. In practice, its a nifty, easy-to-use tool for freshening up the raw footage taken on mobile devices. And, the fact that it dovetails with Cyberlink's more powerful desktop editing tools means that PowerDirector provides something for just about any mobile movie maker.

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